Leeds-List - Leeds' ultimate magazine and guide

30 Country Pubs That Are Worth Leaving the City For

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Head out into the countryside to visit one of these marvellous pubs.

The Fox and Grapes

It’s time to vacate the city and delve into the wonders of the Yorkshire countryside, with these amazing country pubs around Leeds and beyond.

As much as we love the pubs in the city centre, there’s nothing like going on an adventure into Yorkshire and discovering the amazing country pubs that are within easy reach of Leeds. From hearty food and classic drinks to stunning views and that all important country air, next time you’re looking to try something new, why not head out of the city?

1. The Boundary House

The Boundary House, Methley

If you’re looking for country pubs that retain their old school charm but have been brought up to date with a touch of modernity, look no further than The Boundary House in Methley. They specialise in quality local produce turning it into well respected dishes like their Barnsley lamb chop or lemon sole Meuniere. Their bar is chock full of craft beers, cocktails and wines, but if you get peckish after a couple of those, they also do scotch eggs, meat sticks and pork pies as bar snacks.

The Boundary House, 24 Church Side, Methley, West Yorkshire, LS26 9EE.

2. The Lister Arms

The Lister Arms, Malham

Credit: Ian Gratton licensed for commercial use via Creative Commons.

Just a short walk away from Malham Cove is a real Yorkshire gem. The Lister Arms prides itself on being a home from home, with an idyllic atmosphere in a beautiful setting. A traditional coaching inn, it has kept up with the times, balancing its heritage with home-cooked food and a bar full of tempting drinks. So whether you fancy a post-trek bite or a night of luxury after exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park, there aren’t many better than The Lister Arms.

The Lister Arms, Malham, Near Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4DB.

3. Dick Hudsons

Dick Hudsons

Credit: Dr Neil Clifton licensed for commercial use via Creative Commons.

For hundreds of years Dick Hudsons has been a staple of Bingley hospitality. The pub has been around since the 18th century, serving up quality food and drink to its patrons and making it one of the country pubs worth leaving Leeds for. Set on the edge of Rombald’s Moor, head out to see the gorgeous local countryside before retiring back to the pub for some quality grub and a drink or two from behind the bar.

Dick Hudsons, Otley Road, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 3BA.

4. The Rustic Arms

The Rustic Arms, Leeds

About 40 minutes outside of Leeds on the other side of Wakefield is the village of Ackworth, where you’ll find a country pub with possibly the most apt name you’ll come across. The Rustic Arms is set over an acre of land which makes for a stunning beer garden, enclosed by the countryside and stunning views of the nearby fishing lake. They have a home cooked and freshly prepared food menu to tuck into, while the bar has all the usual fare you’ll be after.

The Rustic Arms, 7 Long Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF7 7EZ.

5. The Bull at Broughton

The Bull at Broughton

Out towards Skipton, The Bull at Broughton is one of those rare pubs that you can’t help but love. From the stunning building and outside seating in the magnificent Yorkshire countryside to the seasonal produce hand picked from the best local suppliers they can find, regional beers and carefully selected wines, it makes for a memorable day out of the city.

The Bull at Broughton, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 3AE.

6. The Woolpack Country Inn

The Woolpack Country Inn

Credit: Tim Green licensed for commercial use via Creative Commons.

Tucked in between Dewsbury and Huddersfield, and just 18 miles from Leeds, The Woolpack Country Inn is a pub packed full of history that’s well worth an extra bit of effort. It’s been there since the 18th century, but the food is well up to today’s standards with plenty of favourites to devour, like oven baked sea bream and stuffed chicken, washing it down from the hefty selection behind the bar. Even better, they allow for muddy boots and dirty dogs for any explorers too.

The Woolpack Country Inn, Whitley Road, Whitley, West Yorkshire, WF10 0LZ.

7. The Grouse Inn

The Grouse Inn, Sheffield

Credit: Neil Theasby licensed for commercial use via Creative Commons.

Straddling the Yorkshire and Derbyshire border, about 7 miles from Sheffield, The Grouse Inn is a welcome pit stop as you prepare yourself for the Peak District. The stunning vista of the merging Yorkshire and Derbyshire countryside makes for perfect viewing from the beer garden in the summer, while the open fire keeps folk warm in the winter. Topped off with a vast quantity of quality ales and classic food, The Grouse Inn is well worth the hour drive down the M1 for.

The Grouse Inn, Longshaw, Near Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 7TZ.

8. The Plough Inn

The Plough Inn

Credit: Graham Hogg licensed for commercial use under Creative Commons.

Burton Salmon straddles the border of West and North Yorkshire and is home to one of the finest country pubs around Leeds. The Plough Inn has features that go back as far as the 17th century and specialises in ales with Thwaites on constantly and a revolving door policy on some of the best local breweries. They’ll help to wash down a restaurant menu that blends modern with traditional, and a more straightforward bar menu.

The Plough Inn, Main Street, Burton Salmon, North Yorkshire, LS25 5JS.

9. The Fox and Grapes

The Fox and Grapes

Credit: Ali Turner

Just past the stunning village of Thorner is a tiny community called Kiddal Lane End with a newly refurbished inn called The Fox and Grapes – and it’s well worth the drive out of the city for. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, they have a mammoth menu of grills, sandwiches, salads, burgers, fish and British classics that might be hard to pick from, but it’ll be made easier by the bar which promises a range of spirits, craft beers, wines and cocktails.

The Fox and Grapes, York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 4NJ.

10. The Bankhouse Inn

The Bankhouse Inn, Pudsey

Don’t say we didn’t warn you – the views from The Bankhouse Inn are amongst the best you’ll find at any of the country pubs around Leeds. From their quite impressive beer garden, you can see for miles and miles, and inside they have plenty more to offer. There’s a simple but effective food menu to tuck into during the week, but if you ask us, you should make the most of this countryside haunt on a Sunday where you can enjoy that view with a cracking roast and a pint of Yorkshire’s finest.

The Bankhouse Inn, 40 Bankhouse Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 8EB.

11. The Cow and Calf

The Cow and Calf, Ilkley Moor

Credit: Tim Green licensed for commercial use under Creative Commons.

Named after the famous landmark that sits just across the road on top of Ilkley Moor, The Cow and Calf is the perfect excuse to test out the country pubs around Leeds. They have a hearty menu as you’d expect, featuring the likes of seared fillet of sea bass, slow-cooked ham hock and hunter’s chicken. You’ll want to peer at the wine menu as well as the range of craft beers behind the bar – and there are thirteen rooms to take advantage of, should you wish to stay the night.

The Cow and Calf, Hangingstone Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8BT.

12. The Old Glen House

The Old Glen House

Just a few minutes from the Shipley glen tramway, lies a stunning country pub on Leeds’ Baildon Moor. The classic Yorkshire bricks, wood-burning stoves and huge beer garden with amazing views make it well worth a trip out – even if you have the dog with you. Oh and they do some cracking pub grub, a mean Sunday roast, and have plenty of ales, spirits and wines to keep you going if you’re not driving.

The Old Glen House, Prod Lane, Baildon, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD17 5BN.

13. The New Inn, Scarcroft

The New Inn

Copyright J Thomas licensed under Creative Commons for commercial use.

One look at The New Inn in Scarcroft and you’ll be amazed at just how much greenery surrounds this pub. Aside from the oodles of rural wonder that make it one of the best country pubs you’ll come across near Leeds, The New Inn is pretty damn good at food and drink too. Whether you want the likes of steak and mushroom pie with mash or something a little more unique like Cornish kiln-smoked bacon rib, you’ll be covered – and there are over 40 wines to pick from too.

The New Inn, Wetherby Road, Scarcroft, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS14 3AT.

14. The Bingley Arms

The Bingley Arms

Arguably Great Britain’s oldest pub, The Bingley Arms in Bardsey is an inn of 1,000 years vintage, going back to the times of the Viking invasion of Britain – yet here we are in 2016, and it’s still one of the finest country pubs around Leeds. Set off the beaten path, and next to a pretty little stream, it blends invaluable history with a tasty offering that includes proper British dishes with a modern twist thanks to a forward-thinking chef. There’s a range of guest ales from Yorkshire on tap and an envious supply of wine too – here’s to another thousand.

The Bingley Arms, Church Lane, Bardsey, West Yorkshire, LS17 9DR.

15. The Crooked Billet

The Crooked Billet

Head out to Saxton, just outside of Tadcaster, for a visit to The Crooked Billet, in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside. They’re not flashy, but do fair-priced pub grub very well, as well as a range of drinks that should keep the thirst away. Better still, just around the corner is a former War of the Roses battlefield so you can get a bit of history, some fresh air and a cracking feed all in one trip out to the country.

The Crooked Billet, Saxton, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, LS24 9QN.

16. The Red Lion, Bramham

The Red Lion

Copyright Betty Longbottom licensed under Creative Commons for commercial use.

The Red Lion in Bramham sets a high bar for country pubs in Leeds. Grab a pint of local ale, tuck into some hearty grub and enjoy a traditional pub that has got bags of old school character. Situated on The Square at the heart of Bramham, it’s a proper local, with an amazing riverside beer garden and that all important countryside feel – they just don’t make them like this anymore.

The Red Lion, The Square, Bramham, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS23 6QU.

17. The Sportsman’s Arms

The Sportsman's Arms, Wath-In-Nidderdale

Credit: Paul Gillett licensed under Creative Commons for commercial reuse.

It’s an hour out of the city but The Sportsman’s Arms is one of the finest country pubs anywhere near Leeds. At the heart of Nidderdale in Pateley Bridge, it’s a pub with refined character you can’t help but fall head over heels for. The bar is decorated in all kinds of classic trinkets and serves up a range of real ales, wines and spirits, while the restaurant menu will have you stocking up on a range of game, which is a speciality here, before you head out to explore one of the most picturesque parts of Yorkshire.

The Sportsman’s Arms, Wath-In-Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge, Near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5PP.

18. The Fountaine Inn, Linton

The Fountaine Inn

A picturesque inn at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, The Fountaine Inn is one of the finest pubs you’ll come across once you’ve spent the day traversing the local countryside. The marvellously historic building, makes for the perfect venue for a bite to eat or a well deserved drink, and they keep it all quite informal, even if it tastes top class. With the likes of Grassington, Bolton Abbey and Stump Cross Cavern merely minutes away, you can really make a day of it.

The Fountaine Inn, Linton-In-Craven, North Yorkshire, BD23 5HJ.

19. The General Tarleton

General Tarleton

Credit: Ian S. Licensed for commercial use under creative commons.

How does one of the best country pubs near Leeds, with five AA stars for its restaurant and an amazing cocktail menu sound? A bit different, granted, but The General Tarleton should be high on your list. It does something not many others can – fuse together luxury and character to create a quite spectacular venue. They have one of the most lauded menus around while their GT Cocktail Lounge is a perfect treat – but if you want to go all out, they have thirteen bedrooms, so you can make a weekend of it.

The General Tarleton, Boroughbridge Road, Ferrensby, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 0PZ.

20. The Boat House Inn

The Boathouse

Credit: courtesy of John Yeadon licensed under Creative Commons for commercial reuse.

Surrounded by lush green countryside, and set on the banks of the River Aire, you might struggle to find a pub like The Boat House Inn anywhere else. Inside they’ve managed to blend modern design while maintaining elements of tradition, which sits well when you’re tucking into a Sunday roast or some sausage and mash. Top it all off with something from their extensive wine list or range of craft beers and you’ll not want the day to end.

The Boat House Inn, Victoria Road, Saltaire, West Yorkshire, BD18 3LA.

21. The Strines Inn

The Strines Inn

Credit: Chris Morgan licensed under Creative Commons for commercial reuse.

We don’t want to send you too far out of your way, but just an hour out of the city centre down the M1, lies an historic 13th century inn that continues to be one of the finest pubs you’ll come across. The Strines Inn is at the South Yorkshire edge of the Peak District, so you can imagine what the scenery is like with a reservoir in its sightline. They have a menu of English favourites to back up the setting, as well as guest ales, but it’s all about the character of the pub which will have you in raptures.

The Strines Inn, Bradfield Dale, Bradfield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 6JE.

22. The Sun Inn, Flockton

The Sun Inn, Flockton

Just south of Dewsbury and west of Wakefield, The Sun at Flockton is one of the best country pubs you’ll find near Leeds. They have a menu full of homemade locally sourced produce, whether it’s a sarnie for lunch or something a little more refined in the evening and you can wash it down with guest beers and wines. Best of all though, they have some cracking views of the local countryside in their rural setting.

The Sun Inn, Flockton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4DW.

23. The New Inn, Thornton Le Dale

The New Inn, Thornton-le-Dale

Credit: Pauline E licensed under Creative Commons for commercial reuse.

At the heart of the charming village of Thornton-Le-Dale, The New Inn is a picture perfect throwback of a pub. The little features like exposed wooden beams and open fireplaces complement the food and drink on offer perfectly. They dish up local produce, in a menu that features a whole host of favourites from veggie curry and stew, to lamb, steak, gammon and beef, and you can follow it with one of their three cask ales.

The New Inn, The Square, Thornton-Le-Dale, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LF.

24. The Pax Inn, Thorp Arch

The Pax Inn

As country pubs around Leeds go, The Pax Inn in the picturesque village of Thorp Arch, just outside of Wetherby, is a fantastic little hidden gem that’s well worth seeking out. Open Tuesday through Sunday, The Pax Inn has a varied menu of classic dishes and global cuisine, five pumps of real ale including Roosters, Abbeydale and Moorhouse breweries, and a lovely atmosphere for those looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Pax Inn, Thorp Arch, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 7AR.

25. The Square and Compass, North Rigton

The Square and Compass

Credit: John Sparshatt licensed under Creative Commons for commercial use.

Within walking distance of Almscliffe Crag, The Square and Compass in North Rigton near Harrogate is one of those pubs you really need to stop at when taking in the country around Leeds. The kitchen serves up seasonal grub that’s nearly all sourced from local suppliers. Whether it’s for their pizzas in the week or roasts on a Sunday, you can wash it all down with a pint of Washburn’s, Theakstons’ or Leeds Brewery’s finest, while sitting out and taking in some pretty impressive views.

The Square and Compass, North Rigton, Harrogate, West Yorkshire, LS17 0DJ.

26. The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch

The Queen o' t'owd Thatch

If you come across a pub with a more Yorkshire name than The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch, then you have to tell us, because it seems to us this is as good as it gets. This South Milford pub has everything you’re looking for in a country pub. About half an hour away from the city centre, it blends modern touches with a traditional rustic decor, both inside and out. They have a range of ales on tap, often including Leeds Brewery beers, as well as wines and cocktails. Their food menu includes the likes of cornfed chicken, lamb loin and mushroom and cabbage dumplings, with ingredients sourced locally from the likes of Sykes House Farm and Hebden and Poole.

The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch, 101 High Street, South Milford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 5AQ.

27. The Craven Arms

The Craven Arms, Appletreewick

Credit: Rob Glover licensed under Creative Commons for commercial reuse.

There’s not much near the 16th century Craven Arms except fields and animals, making for quite the setting. You’ll have a choice of eight different ales from breweries all over the county and a food menu made up of hearty dishes using fresh local produce. While the food and drink is renowned, it’s the place itself that will amaze. Not only are the stunning Yorkshire Dales all around, but the pub features gas lighting, real log fires and stone flagged floors. They also welcome dogs, bikes and boots if you’ve been exploring – check out the stunning Cruck Barn attached to the rear.

The Craven Arms, Burnsall, Appletreewick, West Yorkshire, BD23 6DA.

28. The Sun Inn

The Sun Inn, Norwood

Credit: Humphrey Bolton licensed under Creative Commons for commercial reuse.

For over 200 years, The Sun Inn has been one of the stand out country pubs not far away from Leeds. It’s situated in the Washburn Valley, just a stone’s throw away from the Lindley, Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs, making it the perfect spot for a rest once you’ve finished exploring the local scenery. Expect log fires and stunning views to go alongside a pint of real ale and some hearty, locally sourced dishes.

The Sun Inn, Brame Lane, Norwood, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1SZ.

29. The Devonshire Arms

The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey

Credit: Tim Green. Licensed for commercial use under creative commons.

Bolton Abbey and its acres of surrounding greenery is one of the best days out in the country you can have. And you can treat yourself to a bit of luxury while you’re at it thanks to The Devonshire Arms. Pop in for a drink, or even better, stay to eat – their dining menus have been created by Head Chef Adam Smith, a nine year veteran of The Ritz in London, so you know you’re in for a treat that’s just as good as the view.

The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, West Yorkshire, BD23 6AJ.

30. The New Inn

The New Inn, Appletreewick

Credit: Ian S licensed under Creative Commons for commercial reuse.

Looking out across the River Wharfe and Simon’s Seat in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, you’ll find The New Inn in Appletreewick just an hour out of Leeds city centre. To go with those stunning views, it’s a lovely traditional Yorkshire pub that welcomes everyone from walkers and horse riders to children and dogs. They have plenty of local real ales, as well as wines and spirits at the bar. Their food menu of hearty classic dishes, from steak to three meat chilli con carne will provide you with all the sustenance you need after a day out in the countryside.

The New Inn, Main Street, Appletreewick, West Yorkshire, BD23 6DA.